TDF – Counselling Centre

Hand-in-HandA lot of girls and women have to suffer from violence in their lives. There are different kinds of emotional, physical and sexual violence.

TERRE DES FEMMES offers counselling specific to the following forms of violence against women and girls:

Domestic and Sexual Violence

We offer initial counselling and help you in the search for appropriate local support.

Female Genital Mutilation

Women who are affected by Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) receive a comprehensive counselling. As prevention, we do educational work and counsel people who want to protect girls at risk.

Forced Marriage and Honour Related Violence

In a lot of honour cultures, girls and women are seen as bearers of the family honour. The families decide over their future and deny them a self-determined and free life. This honour related violence is committed by various family members individually or together and is therefore especially dangerous.

Honour related violence starts with rules, restrictions and threats to control women, which can then escalate to acts of emotional and physical violence. In extreme cases women become victims of forced marriages and honour killings.

The counselling centre of TERRE DES FEMMES supports women, who

  • are at risk or affected of a forced marriage
  • are afraid to be forcibly married abroad
  • are forbidden from going out
  • are being isolated by their families
  • have worries about their virginity
  • want to break out and live a self-determined life

We counsel in person, via telephone and online:

  • girls and women
  • friends
  • supporting relatives
  • anyone that wants to help
  • professionals
  • communities


A lot of young women are under big pressure to prove their virginity on their wedding night. We clarify virginity myths and teach women how to handle these kinds of situations. You can contact us if you are affected or if you want to support someone you know being affected.

The intercultural team at the counselling centre offers psychosocial counselling specific to the current life situation of the woman. We search with you for opportunities to lead a self-determined and non-violent life.